Yankees tab Boone as new manager

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Despite never having coached or managed at any level, Boone is set to become the next manager of the New York Yankees, according to the New York Daily News. After a month of searching, interviews, and speculation, the 35th manager of the Yankees will be none other than Aaron Bleepin' Boone.

Boone, 44, is best known for his American League Championship Series Game 7-winning home run to extend the Red Sox curse in 2003 and send the Yankees to the World Series.

Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight. He injured his left knee while playing basketball during the following offseason, setting off a sequence of events that led to the Yankees' February 2004 trade for Alex Rodriguez. The man filling those shoes is one who has zero managerial experience.

Five days after NY lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced October 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract after 10 years, one World Series title and a 910-710 regular-season record.

Boone's father has worked for the Washington Nationals since December 2004 and now is an assistant general manager. He said Cashman contacted him about succeeding Girardi, whose contract was not renewed despite the Yankees' surprising surge to the ALCS.

He added, "Certainly the expectations now will be ramped up even more after such a successful season and when you look at the roster that we're going to potentially have out there".

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Cashman said he had grown concerned about Girardi's ability to connect with a young roster, and in Boone, he chose a candidate who has always been known as a skilled communicator. The average age of his last three teams has been a little over 27.

Whatever their relationship with Girardi, those players helped the Yankees win the top AL wild card spot and make a deep playoff run, a rapid rise for a team that seemed to be in transition. That's a good thing, because Aaron Boone doesn't have any.

"I find myself managing games all the time and thinking about strategies and how I would handle different situations", Boone said.

"I just feel like it's started to really pull at me", he said. Boone was one of six candidates to interview for the job, beating out a group that included Eric Wedge and Carlos Beltran.

Apparently, Boone was the guy who checked most of the boxes.

Both Boone and Meulens have Yankee backgrounds.

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